The Banff Springs Hotel is just over a mile away from the Canadian Pacific train station in Banff. In between, the town of Banff has numerous tourist shops, restaurants, and outdoor centers. This map shows the town and surrounding environment.
Trail riding, bus tours, golf, swimming, fishing, boating, tennis, mountain climbing, photography, and dancing are just some of the activities the brochure invites guests to try. The brochure barely mentions the hot springs that first made Banff famous; by 1960, most tourists had better things to do than wallow in hot water.
The map also shows, in the center of town, Tunnel Mountain, a large hill that does not, in fact, have a tunnel. When surveying the route of the railway, Major A.B. Rogers, who was soon to be immortalized with the discovery of Rogers Pass in the Selkirk Mountains west of Banff, proposed to build a tunnel through this mountain. Another surveyor said this would be “an extraordinary blunder,” and the railway found an alternate route that was shorter, with less grades, and didn’t need a tunnel. (Rogers Pass didn’t turn out to be so great either, as the railway soon built a 5-mile tunnel, and later a 9-mile tunnel, to avoid major snowfalls.)